Floreat beauty celebrates its surrounds


The Sunday Times, HOME Magazine


Excellent spatial planning, impressively designed landscaped areas and a large corner block are just a few of the enticing features of this Floreat custom build by Aquila Homes.

MADE up of five bedrooms and three bathrooms, the abode sits on a 1023sqm block and is surrounded by 700sqm of landscaping which includes private gardens, a pool and an outdoor cinema. Sitting in the middle of the home is a central courtyard which creates a cooling breeze in summer and allows sunlight to naturally heat the design in winter.

“The central courtyard brings light and ventilation to the centre of the home, with ample internal and external living areas allowing for a design that can accommodate a large family and be utilised for larger gatherings,” Aquila Homes builder and managing director Domenic Nardelli says.

Of the internal features, Domenic highlights a number of key areas that are specifically noteworthy, including the kitchen, which he says is the epitome of relaxed sophistication. It includes traditional elements such as white cabinetry, a large island bench and textured subway tiles, as well as modern, dark porcelain tiles which contrast brilliantly against the white stone and cabinets.

Flowing seamlessly from the kitchen is the scullery, strategically hidden from view and containing wall-to-wall open shelving.

“Its spatial planning encourages harmonious functionality,” Domenic says.

Another key area within the home is the parents’ retreat and ensuite. Domenic says it is a luxurious space where privacy and relaxation are key.

“It is styled in crisp clean lines, muted tones and simplicity as seen throughout the home,” he says. “The parents’ retreat, along with the office, is kept separate from the children’s sleeping and entertainment wing, giving young families multi-functional areas to grow into.”

Following a design period of around six months, the construction and completion of the project took around 10 months and included the landscaping.

The finished result, according to Domenic, complements the surrounding suburb of Floreat by not overshadowing the area’s architectural history.

“This modern yet classical home is spacious and lively,” he says. “Its careful material palette has been kept simple but striking, which gives an underlying sense of serenity.

“It allows us to showcase the quiet leafy suburb of Floreat and its individual style, as the property boundaries are not defined, encouraging a friendlier visual aesthetic.”